By Sydney Bucksbaum, Hollywood Staff
While last week's Arrow could have worked as an incredible season finale, it was actually just the incredible penultimate episode. But don't worry, because Wednesday's epic Season 1 finale, titled ''Sacrifice,'' ups the ante and executive producer Marc Guggenheim warns fans that no one is safe.
Now that Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) has the Markov device - and killed anyone who could possibly blow the whistle on his plans to level The Glades and blame it on an earthquake - will he succeed in beginning The Undertaking?
''Malcolm has everything he needs now. He definitely is ready to start The Undertaking,'' Guggenheim tells Hollywood.com. ''He may not have all the people that he wants on his side, but he has all the resources that he needs. And the people on his side well, that math will certainly change by the end of the finale.'' Does that mean his son Tommy (Colin Donnell) will finally and officially join the dark side? It would certainly not be that far-fetched, after he just watched his ex-best friend Oliver (Stephen Amell) getting hot and heavy with his ex-girlfriend Laurel (Katie Cassidy) through the window of her apartment.
One character we're extremely worried for is everyone's favorite IT girl, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). At the end of last week's episode, ''Darkness on the Edge of Town,'' Det. Lance (Paul Blackthorne) zeroed in on her in his investigation of the Dark Archer and the vigilante. ''We will totally understand because of the events in Episode 22 why Lance is investing in Felicity in 23. The repercussions are pretty huge,'' Guggenheim reveals. ''The theme of the finale is sacrifice, and the Felicity/Lance interaction leads Lance to make a rather large sacrifice.''
It sounds like we should be less worried for Felicity and more worried for Det. Lance! But he isn't the only one making a sacrifice in the finale. ''All the characters in the episode each either give up something or are forced to confront giving up something,'' Guggenheim teases. ''I think that's true for just about every character in the show. But the one that Lance makes is pretty significant.'' Could Lance be the big death we've been warned about? We'll have to wait until the final minutes of the finale to be sure.
One story line that won't be revisited in ''Sacrifice,'' however, is Diggle's (David Ramsey) hunt for Floyd Lawtin, better known as Deadshot. ''Unfortunately, that got put on the back burner. It was something we talked about resolving in the end of the season and the truth is we just had so much other story to tell,'' Guggenheim explains. ''We decided that rather than try and burn through it and short change it, we put it on the back burner and we're bringing it back in Season 2. We actually have a really cool storyline involving Dig and Deadshot which offers a lot of twists and turns, and it will actually fit in better with the themes that we're playing with in Season 2 than it would have if we had tried to wedge it in to Season 1.'' As if we didn't have enough to look forward to in Arrow Season 2 already!
The Arrow Season 1 finale airs Wednesday at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW.
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